To the editor,

Regarding the article which appeared in the Van Wert Times Bulletin on Feb. 7, 2014 - the American taxpayer, not Iberdrola, is the real reason why Van Wert County received the $2.07 million check. Yet, no one in the article even mentioned nor thanked the American taxpayer. Please note the following which was taken from a Ft. Wayne Journal Gazette article on 10-21-13:

“The $172,688,076 grant from the U.S. Treasury Department awarded to Iberdrola on Aug. 20, 2012, accounting for nearly 30 percent of the capital cost of the Blue Creek Wind Farm. The cost of that grant money is borne by taxpayers, including taxpayers in Ohio.”

In reading the Times Bulletin article, I was surprised to learn that the $2.07 million check presented to Van Wert County was in lieu of property tax dollars. One has to wonder how much more money would have been collected had Iberdrola been required to pay property tax on each turbine?

While $2.07 million is a lot of money for Van Wert County, it is a drop in the bucket compared to the approximately $173 million of American tax dollars Iberdrola received for the Blue Creek Wind Farm. This is a prime example of wasteful government spending that continues to plague our country. Especially when .46 cents of each tax dollar spent is borrowed from countries like China. This is why we must vote for and support state officials who support SB 34 which seeks to repeal Ohio’s energy policy. Furthermore, we must encourage our Van Wert County Commissioners NOT to provide future tax abatements (in lieu of property taxes) for Iberdrola’s proposed Dog Creek Wind Farm. Iberdrola has received enough of our tax dollars and it’s time they start paying their fair share. The proof is in the numbers!

Mark A. Wilson

Van Wert County taxpayer